2021 Honda CR-V Adds Special Edition Starting At $27,725

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, Automotive Editor - May 28, 2021

With 2021 nearly halfway done, some automakers have started to focus on 2022 models. Others, like Honda, are busy adding more trim levels to the 2021 CR-V. The Japanese automaker quietly introduced a new Special Edition trim that slots in between the LX and EX. Pricing for the 2021 CR-V Special Edition starts at $27,725 (including destination) for a front-wheel-drive model, while going with all-wheel drive raises the price to $29,195.

Over the base LX trim that costs $26,525, the Special Edition brings Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, remote start, push-button start, heated exterior mirrors, 17-inch black alloy wheels, and six audio speakers. For an extra $1,200, the new Special Edition looks like a great value option and is a worthy upgrade over the LX.

There are still a few reasons to upgrade to EX trim that starts at $29,035. Blind spot monitoring, a moonroof, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, an HD radio, second-row charging ports, LED fog lights, and a security system come standard with that trim. The $1,310 difference between the Special Edition and EX is a murky gap, as blind spot monitoring is the EX’s true calling card. If you can live without that feature, then the Special Edition is still a better value.

Honda CR-V Special Edition

The new Special Edition trim will only be available with the CR-V’s gasoline powertrain that includes a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Power is rated at up to 190 horsepower, while a continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. Honda offers the CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring with a hybrid powertrain.

Compared to similarly outfitted rivals, the CR-V Special Edition is still one of the more expensive options in the compact class. The Hyundai Tucson ($26,135), Mazda CX-5 ($26,545), Kia Sportage ($25,265), Nissan Rogue ($27,000), Subaru Forester ($25,845), and Toyota RAV4 ($27,425) all come with entry-level models that have similar features to the CR-V Special Edition.

The CR-V Special Edition joins the Pilot and Accord Special Editions. Despite carrying similar names, the trims bring different features across the three models. The Accord Special Edition is the best equipped with leather upholstery, an 8-inch display, eight audio speakers, sport pedals, a rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12-way driver’s seat, and smartphone compatibility. Standard features on the Pilot Special Edition include 20-inch black alloy wheels, roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, and a wireless phone charger.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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